Gumbeaux Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B005O561JK
- Publication date : September 19, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 514 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 173 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #664,601 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Like the main character in the book, I am not a native of Louisiana, but have lived here for a decade. I could relate with the magical sense of discovery of the actual places spoken of in this book; and the full-bodied, spicy blend of the people, places, and the comfort food that surrounds me. There truly is something about Louisiana that captures your soul, and never let's you go.
I loved watching the characters develop in this story, felt the pain of their struggle, and the relief of their tension (and found myself highlighting so many nuggets of wisdom and truth that one character said to another). I found myself picking up this book at every opportunity I could manage - even creating a few stolen moments when I wasn't supposed to be reading at all (tisk, tisk).
Just like a well-seasoned bowl of steaming gumbo over rice, this book permeates your palate and keeps you rushing back for the next mouthful. If this is the author's first book, I can't wait to read what comes next.
This was a fast book to read and didn't require much thought. Just OK in my opinion.
Except for Uncle Claude, most of the characters are those she meets in Bayou Bend and Audubon College. These include the charming (and older) Professor Landry, Bad Boy Braden, and an assortment of minor folk. The Landry and Braden characters are almost predictable stock for such a setting. Landry appeals to her pure scholastic hopes, while Braden opens up her wild side. The primary "tension" in this work is caught up in the question: which one will she pick? We'll leave that to the reader to find out.
There is no real "crisis action" in this work, rather it's presented as a series of adventures that unfold in Bayou Bend. I'm not quite sure how to place this novel, YA? The love scenes are quite muted, nothing graphic. In one of her encounters with Bad Boy Braden, she says "he threw me on the bed and we went at it for an hour." Not exactly steamy stuff.
I gave the book 4 stars because of the use of setting, and the smoothness of the narrative. It's an easy read, and as they say, easy reading comes from hard writing.
The characters are strong and well developed, as is the setting. The Louisiana tourism agency ought to put Vargas (who lives in California) on retainer for her glowing descriptions of Louisiana, its people, culture and geography. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a historical marker or a sight-seeing brochure, but I enjoy facts and history so I appreciated the detours. She even points out that coffee first came to America by way of New Orleans in the mid-1700s.
Gumbeaux was a quick and refreshing read and makes me long to visit Louisiana again.